Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges

Have you ever eaten a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? My husband said he and his brother and sister used to get one every Christmas. It was, and remains to this day, a traditional stocking filler in his family. When I was a kid, they used to be sold in Singapore too but I have to be … Continue reading

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An American candy store is all I need to release my inner child

40 going on 10 … or maybe even 8… With three older brothers who had to look after me in Singapore, playtime as the youngest and only girl in the family was less Barbie dolls and playhouses and more Action Men and fisticuffs. In fact, the one and only Barbie doll I ever had (a … Continue reading

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What the…? There’s a pheasant in my garden!

Woke up this morning to find a peahen wandering around my garden. It was her lucky day because of my two cats that spotted her, she was chased off by Skinny, the one who to this day hasn’t even managed to catch a fly, much less anything furry or feathery. She does however very proudly … Continue reading

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using Welsh Waygu : the bigmonster’s mighty meaty mini meatballs marinara

On some of my filming trips across the world, I have had the good fortune to shoot at lots of high quality restaurants and hotels. One of the perks, I guess, is to target the kind of cuisine that you like. Allegedly the best beef in the world is Kobe beef, from the Waygu breed. Originating in Japan, it … Continue reading

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It’s Friday again (yay!) which means… conghiglioni vongole today

It had to be done… You can find conghiglioni pasta shells in most supermarkets these days but I never really wanted to cook with them until after I posted my story about amuse bouches. It’s kind of hard to miss them because 1) they are bigger than most pasta shells and 2) they’re shaped like a … Continue reading

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Nothing beats home-grown. Anyone have any apple-based recipe ideas to share?

Even though I love living in the country, there are some days, like today, when the long commute in and out of London wears me down. That was until I finally got home and was reminded of  this  … a food parcel from my brother-in-law which he brought over on Sunday. None of my husband’s … Continue reading

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bigmonster’s bramble jelly

Hi there: I’m new to the blogging thing so bear with me, but I’m sure it’ll make sense most of the time. Before I start, I just wanted to say publicly just how impressed I’ve been with thebigfatnoodle, with the blogging site, with the photography, with the writing and especially with the food (it’s all … Continue reading

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Freshly Pressed: No pain, no gain… free food has its price

There are many, many reasons why I love living in the countryside but being able to forage for free food pretty much tops the list. One of the most abundant sources of said free food in mid/late summer is blackberries. They grow everywhere, even along the motorway. You don’t really want to pick those though … Continue reading

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The Godalming Food Festival 2011

The 2011 Godalming Food Festival With the sun blazing in a cloudless blue sky, it couldn’t have been a nicer day for the Godalming Food Festival. It only took 2 minutes on the free Hoppa bus to get from thebigfatnoodle’s HQ to Godalming’s Town Centre. Although it was only10.15amin the morning, the stalls lining the … Continue reading

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